5 Things to Consider While Buying a New Router for Work from Home

With a rising number of COVID-19 cases, many companies have extended work from home for a few months which has further made the internet a basic need without which one cannot survive. In this ‘New Normal’ environment, many of us might be finding it difficult to connect video calls or transfer files and documents due to internet issues. Earlier, most of us didn’t pay attention to minor things while buying a new router for home as the majority of work was done at the office. However, with the current situation, things around us have changed and there’s a need to upgrade the home router from basic to advance to ensure smoother workflow. Below are some important factors that one should consider while choosing a new router for remote working.

Go For 802.11ac
IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 set of protocols that is designed to provide faster throughput at a greater distance. So make sure your next wireless router offers 802.11ac (or Gigabit Wi-Fi) support at it offers 1300Mbps of throughput even at a base level which more than twice as fast as the maximum the previous standard 802.11n.

Choose dual-band or more
Single-band routers are long gone as it harnesses 2.4GHz frequency and they’re fairly basic so using them for high bandwidth connections can be a bit of a problem. It is ideal for purposes like Web surfing, general downloading, and social media browses. While the Dual-band router works on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. For high-end streaming and online gaming requirements one should choose dual-band or tri-band routers. As for dual-band router, one band connects to 2.4GHz frequency while the other to 5 GHz frequency, giving you faster internet speed and seamless media transfers.

Advanced QoS
Quality of Service, or QoS, is used for traffic control or media prioritization. It is important to look for a router that has either Adaptive QoS or Intelligent QoS, or Advanced QoS. The way manufacturers name it doesn’t matter but the important element is that it is not plain QoS. Routers with such advanced QoS are useful as they manage the bandwidth and split is based on smart algorithms. One can prioritize tasks as per their requirements, whether it is gaming or streaming HD videos, downloading large files, or attending video calls.

Router Security
Wireless networks could be as insecure as they are convenient, so one needs to have full control over the router and should make sure it has advanced firmware in it. This includes a firewall and additional security features like WPA encryption.

Customer Service
Like any other product purchase, your router is might give you trouble due to poor connection or bad weather. So it is important to choose a router from a brand that offers great service support. Digisol is amongst the very few IT networking companies which take after sales service support as the topmost priority and thus we ensure that we have a dedicated team to work on it. We have 63 service support centers across India where we support customers on voice, email, and chat.

Buying a router is a long term investment so one must do it by keeping above important factors in mind. Considering these factors will help to stay away from old and outdated routers. If you are looking for an upgrade, we are here to help you. Digisol is one of the most trusted IT networking brands that has been supporting Make in India for 3 decades. We offer top-notch IT networking solutions that include Structured Cabling, Wireless, FTTH, and Switching solutions that are designed to meet all your IT networking needs.

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